Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth)

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Scopula rubraria (Plantain moth)
Scopula rubraria (Plantain moth)

Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth) is a small moth native to New Zealand, Australia, and New Caledonia, where the larvae feed on a variety of plant species. Although native to New Zealand, plantain moths are considered a pest species on pastures that include plantain, as the larvae can rapidly destroy a plantain crop. Prior to widespread planting of plantain, little was known about the moths and they were not classified as a significant pest species. The species was first described in 1843. Plantain moths have a wingspan of about 2cm, and can be distinguished by their zigzag markings and distinct spots. 

This example was observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.

Location: Latitude: -41.556656 Longitude: 173.969574

Image Date: 2/11/2019

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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